The judge who oversaw Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial will not oversee any of the proceedings regarding his bid for a new trial.
Murdaugh’s defense team has repeatedly asked that South Carolina Circuit Judge Clifton Newman be removed from Murdaugh’s future cases, Fox News reported. Newman previously sentenced Murdaugh to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murder of his wife, Maggie, and youngest son Paul, following a guilty verdict.
The defense team has argued that Newman shouldn’t oversee more of Murdaugh’s proceedings since he is a witness in an issue that would factor into the case for a new trial. That issue relates to concerns the defense team has about Colleton County court clerk Becky Hill, whom attorneys Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian have accused of